Apple releases second public beta of iOS 17.5

By Julie Clover

Apple today made the second beta versions of the upcoming iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 updates available to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the software before release. The second public betas of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 will arrive two weeks after Apple released the first betas to public beta testers.

Public beta testers can get the beta by opening the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping the Beta Updates option, and toggle Public Beta -version of iOS 17 or iPadOS 17. Registration required on Apple's beta website.

iOS 17.5 is limited to new external features and is primarily focused on changes in the European Union. App developers in the EU can now add their iPhone apps to their website so that users can download them directly, without having to use the App Store.

Offer the app for download from the website in the European Union, developers must meet certain criteria. Developers must have been a member of the Apple Developer Program for two or more consecutive years and have an app that was first installed on iOS by more than one million people in the European Union in the previous year. Other requirements include being notarized by Apple and publishing a transparent data collection policy.

This feature is only available in the European Union under the Digital Markets Act and is not available to all users.

In iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 also have updates to mobile device management, and there are code changes suggesting that the Battery Health feature may be coming to new iPads and that Apple will soon add alerts for third-party item trackers.

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